Is Israel One: Religion, Nationalism, And Multiculturalism by Eliezer Ben Rafael

By Eliezer Ben Rafael

This publication delves into Israeli society the place inner divides have emerged from divergent worth structures in a context of strong globalization, immigrant–society habit, and a pointy majority–minority department. a brief yet worrying event, Jewish nationalism attracts its energy from reformulations of ancestral symbols which permeate the dynamics of the confrontations of the dominant tradition and various events, all contesting its exigencies. Israel's conflicts revolve round this factor, forming a different dynamic of a number of interacting forces of convergence and divergence. this example increases a number of significant questions about the sociology of multiculturalism.

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1998). 1 In these terms, the self-definition of the Jews stands, to be sure, in sharp contrast to their portrayal by their Christian and Moslem neighbors in different eras and places throughout the centuries. The Jews saw themselves as a superior caste, while “others” regarded them as a caste of pariahs. Hence, the Jews and non-Jews remained separate from each other for utterly opposite reasons. By upholding their internal codes, the Jews made it clear that they considered their inferior status in society to be at variance with the “proper” social order.

Transnational Diasporas and Globalization Globalization is defined by scholars (Bauman, 1996; 1998; Albrow, 1996; Beck, 2000) as a worldwide interconnectedness of individuals, organizations, collectives, and societies that transcends the guidance of any central body (Robertson, 1992). , the Macedonian conquests, the Roman Empire, and the Western colonial expansion. Never before, however, has the globe itself been the theater of innumerable and multifaceted links among actors that outstrip the control of any single authority (for thorough discussion, see Baubock, 1998).

The Singularity of the Collective: Religious Challenges Israel’s Declaration of Independence defines the country as a democracy that bestows equality and liberty on all, irrespective of religion, origin, sex, or race. , the patrimony of Jews worldwide. This implies an ineradicable link between Jewish peoplehood and Jewish religion (Ben-Rafael, 2002b; Abramov, 1976). Since most Israeli Jews—like most Jews everywhere these days—are not religious, the definitions of Judaism and Jewishness are endlessly debated in the Israeli public arena.

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